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  • His father was a Cuban emigre who left in 1960, fought at the Bay of Pigs, became a Pepsi executive, and published a 1989 memoir of his experiences titled And the Russians Stayed.
  • Grew up around the world, spending time in 13 countries as a child.
  • Made his prime-time TV debut in a 1991 episode of NBC's Law & Order.
  • Won two Alma Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (in 1998 and 1999) for his role as hunky magazine photographer Luis Rivera on the Brooke Shields sitcom Suddenly Susan (1996-2000).
  • Met wife, actress Shannon Kenny, while working on the short-lived WB sitcom Muscle (1995).
  • Scripted, executive-produced and starred in the 2000 comedy Attention Shoppers.


  • Shannon Kenny — Wife
  • Nestor Carbonell — Father
  • Marco Carbonell — Son
  • Nestor Rafael Carbonell — Son


  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (BA in English, 1990)

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  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter

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